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  • 50 years on, Apollo 16 moonwalker still ‘excited’ by space

    04/30/2022 10:00:31 PM PDT · by algore · 57 replies
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Fifty years after his Apollo 16 mission to the moon, retired NASA astronaut Charlie Duke says he’s ready for the U.S. to get back to lunar exploration. Part of that effort, Duke said Friday, will come in the form of the Artemis program, which includes NASA’s upcoming flight to the moon using its new Space Launch System rocket. The first of the huge rockets is supposed to blast off without crew later this year, with crewed flights planned subsequently. “With Artemis, NASA is going to be focused on deep space, to the moon and beyond, and...
  • 50 years on, Apollo 16 moonwalker still 'excited' by space ("I flunked retirement")

    04/30/2022 1:38:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies ^ | 4/30/2022 | Meg Kinnard
    Fifty years after his Apollo 16 mission to the moon, retired NASA astronaut Charlie Duke says he's ready for the U.S. to get back to lunar exploration. Part of that effort, Duke said Friday, will come in the form of the Artemis program, which includes NASA's upcoming flight to the moon using its new Space Launch System rocket. The first of the huge rockets is supposed to blast off without crew later this year, with crewed flights planned subsequently. "With Artemis, NASA is going to be focused on deep space, to the moon and beyond, and I'm excited about...
  • Embattled hedge fund Melvin Capital weighs unwinding current fund to start new one, sources say

    04/21/2022 5:19:07 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 9 replies ^ | 4/20/2022 | David Faber
    Melvin Capital, the embattled hedge fund run by its once high-flying founder Gabe Plotkin, has been discussing a novel plan with its investors under which the firm would return their capital, while giving them the right to reinvest that capital in what would essentially be a new fund run by Plotkin.
  • A 40-year-old mystery about rising temperatures on the moon has been solved — and it was probably the Apollo astronauts' fault

    04/18/2022 7:23:42 PM PDT · by algore · 80 replies
    Newly discovered temperature data from the 1970s moon landings, released in the Journal of Geophysical Research in April, reveals that NASA astronauts probably warmed up the moon's surface temperature by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit by walking around and poking into the lunar surface. The data comes from so-called heat-flow experiments that were installed on the moon in 1971 and 1972 during the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 missions. For the experiments, astronauts on each mission drilled two holes into the surface of the moon at depths ranging from 3.2 feet to 7.5 feet deep. The astronauts inserted fiberglass...
  • Full April pink moon of 2022 will be shining soon, followed by lunar eclipse

    04/15/2022 7:30:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | Apr. 15, 2022, 7:30 a.m. | Staff
    Pink moon to rise in April The full "pink moon" will be rising in the sky on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The moon will be 98% full on Friday night, April 15, and 99% full on Sunday night, April 17.Photo illustration | Pixabay Pink flowers. Pink Easter bonnets. And pink Peeps marshmallow candy. So why not have a pink moon? Well, there will be a “pink moon” shining in the sky — sort of — when the April moon of 2022 turns full this weekend. Although the moon won’t actually look pink, it carries that colorful nickname because of the...
  • Explanation for the Two-Faced Moon: Colossal Ancient Impact Linked to Differences Between the Moon’s Near and Far Sides

    04/10/2022 8:00:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | APRIL 10, 2022 | BROWN UNIVERSITY
    A new study published in the journal Science Advances shows that the impact that formed the Moon’s giant South Pole–Aitken (SPA) basin would have created a massive plume of heat that propagated through the lunar interior. That plume would have carried certain materials — a suite of rare-Earth and heat-producing elements — to the Moon’s nearside. That concentration of elements would have contributed to the volcanism that created the nearside volcanic plains. The Moon’s nearside (left) is dominated by vast volcanic deposits, while the far side (right) has far fewer). Why the two sides are so different is an enduring...
  • Lightning strikes NASA's Artemis 1 moon megarocket launch pad during test

    04/03/2022 11:17:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | Tariq Malik
    Four lightning strikes hit the area around Launch Pad 39B, where NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket is undergoing a three-day fueling test known as a "wet dress rehearsal" for its Artemis 1 mission to the moon later this year. The rocket is protected from lightning by three towers and a catenary wire structure to divert strikes to the ground away from the booster. The first three lightning strikes were relatively low power events, NASA officials wrote in an update late Saturday. But the fourth strike, which hit "tower one" of the lightning protection system, was more powerful. The...
  • GameStop Stock Saw a Third Large Insider Buy

    03/28/2022 5:10:39 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 7 replies ^ | 3/28/2022 | Ed Lin
    Maybe the new meme is open-market stock purchases by insiders. GameStop (ticker: GME) just saw its third insider stock purchase in as many days, and shares of the videogame retailer soared last week on news of the big buys. GameStop has a high profile as one of the meme stocks, highly volatile shares that rocketed last year as investors egged each other on to buy on social media and other platforms.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Titan Seas Reflect Sunlight

    03/27/2022 2:36:59 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies ^ | 27 Mar, 2022 | Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, U. Arizona, U. Idaho
    Explanation: Why would the surface of Titan light up with a blinding flash? The reason: a sunglint from liquid seas. Saturn's moon Titan has numerous smooth lakes of methane that, when the angle is right, reflect sunlight as if they were mirrors. Pictured here in false-color, the robotic Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017 imaged the cloud-covered Titan in 2014 in different bands of cloud-piercing infrared light. This specular reflection was so bright it saturated one of Cassini's infrared cameras. Although the sunglint was annoying -- it was also useful. The reflecting regions confirm that northern Titan...
  • The Moon as a Gravitational-Wave Detector

    03/19/2022 8:40:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies ^ | 3/11/2022 | Mark Buchanan
    Thanks to a new analysis technique, precision measurements of the Earth-Moon distance should improve estimates of the size of the gravitational-wave background. NASA Precise measurements of the Earth-Moon distance can allow researchers to estimate the maximum possible amplitude of the steady background “hum” of gravitational waves. (This time-lapse series of photos was taken by a satellite a million miles from Ea... Show more The barrage of all gravitational waves that continuously hit Earth in the microhertz frequency range—roughly one oscillation every few weeks—might be detected by measuring their subtle effects on the Earth-Moon system. By exploiting this decades-old idea, researchers...
  • NASA’s Gigantic Crawler on the Move As Rollout of Mega Moon Rocket Inches Closer

    03/12/2022 7:54:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | MARCH 12, 2022 | NASA
    Yesterday, engineers and technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida drove Crawler Transporter-2, which will carry NASA’s Moon rocket to the launch pad, to the doors of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Soon, the 6.6-million-pound crawler will go inside the VAB and slide under the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft placed on the Mobile Launcher. Technicians will finish up preparations to transport the rocket traveling at a top speed of 1 mph to Launch Complex 39B for a wet dress rehearsal test ahead of the Artemis I launch. This week, the Kennedy team also completed painting the...
  • Mind-blowing video reveals how Chinese rocket crashed into moon three days ago

    03/08/2022 11:16:05 AM PST · by bitt · 46 replies
    nypost ^ | 3/8/2022 | Charlotte Edwards, The Sun
    An unruly chunk of rocket debris is thought to have crashed into the moon. Astronomers believe that the rocket piece, which experts have said originated in China, hit the lunar surface in the early hours of March 4. We won’t know that it hit the moon for sure until two satellites that orbit the moon pass over the possible impact site. These satellites could photograph any crater that resulted from the collision The rocket was heading for a collision with the dark side of the moon so “live” coverage of the event wasn’t possible. However, experts have now created a...
  • After mistaken identity and confusion, a piece of space junk slams into the Moon One thing that is certain is the object is now a crater

    03/04/2022 9:14:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies ^ | Mar 4, 2022, 10:53am EST | By Loren Grush
    After years of zooming through deep space, a presumed leftover piece of a Chinese rocket slammed into the Moon today, just as space tracking experts expected it would. At least, it should have hit the Moon around 7:30AM ET this morning, as long as the law of gravity has not changed. The collision brings an end to the rocket’s life in space and likely leaves a fresh new crater on the Moon that may be up to 65 feet wide. The now-expired rocket has caused quite a buzz this past month. First of all, the vehicle was never intended to...
  • 3 Stocks That Could Sabotage Your Portfolio

    02/14/2022 5:23:43 AM PST · by wastedyears · 17 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 2/12/2022 | James Brumley
    Key Points The department store industry's recovery will soon be capped by waning interest that was declining well before the pandemic surfaced. Commodity metal prices are elevated right now, but both the supply and demand forces at work are both set to weaken sooner than most anyone anticipates.
  • 1 Stock to Avoid No Matter What (GME)

    02/10/2022 6:10:23 AM PST · by wastedyears · 30 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 2/10/2022 | Will Healy
    GameStop (NYSE:GME) quickly became one of the hottest meme stocks during the pandemic. Since mid-2020, it has gone from penny-stock status to a high of more than $480 over a six-month timespan.

    02/09/2022 5:35:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies ^ | October 14, 2021 | Hookie Co.
    Hookie Co. has created this fully-electric motorcycle designed to play a part in interstellar mobility. The Tardigrade is a 8.5 feet long fully-electric motorcycle with a tubular exoskeleton that has a 68 mile range when fully charged. This won’t replace the rover but adds an additional source of transportation on the moon's surface, and while on Earth the Tardigrade is 300 lbs. On the moon, the motorcycle will only weigh 50 lbs. Learn more at VIDEO AT LINK...... Transcript: Moon motorcycle concept. The Tardigrade is not your average motorcycle designed by the German-based company Hookie. This concept is for...
  • This Is Real: NASA Camera – A Million Miles Away – Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth

    02/07/2022 12:10:12 PM PST · by Red Badger · 69 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2022 | By COLIN KOVARIK
    This animation features actual satellite images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) and telescope, and the Earth – one million miles away. Credit: NASA/NOAA Although it looks fake, this viral footage of the Moon orbiting Earth is actually real. It’s just not new, despite making the rounds again this week; it actually was captured over 6 years ago. Back in 2015, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) captured this unique series of images displaying the ‘dark side’ of the...
  • Out-of-control SpaceX rocket will smash into the moon in weeks

    01/27/2022 9:50:45 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies ^ | Ben Turner
    The Falcon 9 booster was launched in February 2015 as part of a mission to send a climate observation satellite 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth, but since running out of fuel, the 4.4-ton (4 metric tons) rocket has been hurtling around space in a chaotic orbit. The rocket's upper stage is now expected to hit the far side of the moon while traveling at a blistering speed of 5,771 mph (9,288 km/h) on March 4, 2022, according to Bill Gray, a developer of software that tracks near-Earth objects. In a Jan. 21 blog post, Gray noted that the...
  • NASA Challenges Premise Of New Disaster Movie "Moonfall" In Good-Natured Twitter Spat

    01/28/2022 10:06:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 26 JAN 2022, 17:22 | By Dr Alfredo Carpineti
    Next week, Roland Emmerich's Moonfall opens in theaters around the world. The latest disaster movie from the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012 will see a team of unlikely heroes tasked with saving the world after the Moon is knocked off its orbit by some mysterious force, sending it potentially crashing towards Earth — with all the consequences that that brings. NASA Moon, one of the space agency's many official Twitter accounts, took to the social media platform to clarify that our natural satellite is in fact in a very stable orbit and there is no...
  • Remember That Weird 'Cube' on The Moon? Yutu-2 Finally Took Closer Pictures

    01/10/2022 10:02:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 10 JANUARY 2022 | MORGAN MCFALL-JOHNSEN
    The Yutu-2 image of the ‘mysterious hut’. (CNSA/CLEP/Our Space) China's mysterious "Moon cube" is a mystery no longer. The big reveal: It's a rock that's not even shaped like a cube. The nation's Yutu-2 rover discovered the object – which appeared to be a gray cube looming on the lunar horizon – in early December. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) dubbed it 'mysterious hut', playfully speculating that the cube might be an alien house or spacecraft. News reports called it the 'Moon cube'. The CNSA estimated the object was about 80 meters (262 feet) away, according to the blog...